• WordNet 3.6
    • v blight cause to suffer a blight "Too much rain may blight the garden with mold"
    • n blight any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting
    • n blight a state or condition being blighted
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blight (Zoöl) A downy species of aphis, or plant louse, destructive to fruit trees, infesting both the roots and branches; -- also applied to several other injurious insects.
    • Blight A rashlike eruption on the human skin.
    • Blight Hence: To destroy the happiness of; to ruin; to mar essentially; to frustrate; as, to blight one's prospects. "Seared in heart and lone and blighted ."
    • Blight Mildew; decay; anything nipping or blasting; -- applied as a general name to various injuries or diseases of plants, causing the whole or a part to wither, whether occasioned by insects, fungi, or atmospheric influences.
    • Blight That which frustrates one's plans or withers one's hopes; that which impairs or destroys. "A blight seemed to have fallen over our fortunes."
    • Blight The act of blighting, or the state of being blighted; a withering or mildewing, or a stoppage of growth in the whole or a part of a plant, etc.
    • Blight To affect with blight; to blast; to prevent the growth and fertility of. "This vapor] blasts vegetables, blights corn and fruit, and is sometimes injurious even to man."
    • v. i Blight To be affected by blight; to blast; as, this vine never blights .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blight Some influence, usually hidden or not conspicuous, that nips, blasts, or destroys plants; a diseased state of plants caused by the condition of the soil, atmospheric influences, insects, parasitic plants, etc.; smut, mildew, or the like. In botany it is sometimes restricted to a class of minute parasitic fungi, the Erysiphaceæ, which grow upon the surface of leaves or stems without entering the tissues, and produce a whitish appearance, but is frequently applied also to those of other groups which are destructive to crops.
    • n blight Figuratively, any malignant or mysterious influence that nips, blasts, destroys, or brings to naught; anything which withers hope, blasts one's prospects, or checks prosperity.
    • n blight In medicine: A slight facial paralysis induced by sudden cold or damp.
    • n blight See blights.
    • blight To affect with blight; cause to wither or decay; nip, blast, or destroy.
    • blight To exert a malignant or baleful influence on; blast or mar the beauty, hopes, or prospects of; frustrate.
    • n blight Purulent conjunctivitis.
    • n blight An insect, usually inconspicuous or hidden, which causes trees or plants to become diseased or to die, as the American blight.
    • n blight Same as mosquito blight. See also tea-bug.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Blight blīt a disease in plants, which blasts or withers them: anything that injures or destroys
    • v.t Blight to affect with blight: to blast: to frustrate
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  • Frederick W. Robertson
    Frederick W. Robertson
    “Men... are bettered and improved by trial, and refined out of broken hopes and blighted expectations.”
  • J. M. Synge
    J. M. Synge
    “Lord, confound this surly sister, blight her brow with blotch and blister, cramp her larynx, lung and liver, in her guts a galling give her.”
  • Isak Dinesen
    Isak Dinesen
    “I don't believe in evil, I believe only in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror: the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots.”
  • Isak Dinesen
    Isak Dinesen
    “I don't believe in evil, I believe only in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror: the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots.”
  • Carl Jung
    “Our blight is ideologies -- they are the long-expected Antichrist!”
  • George Eliot
    “There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire; it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. contr. from AS. blīcettan, to glitter, fr. the same root as E. bleak,. The meaning “to blight” comes in that case from to glitter, hence, to be white or pale, grow pale, make pale, bleach. Cf. Bleach Bleak


In literature:

Here, myrtles grow, and fear no blasting north, or blighting east.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
It is true we are going to get the blight out here sooner or later.
"Northern Nut Growers Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-First Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Don't choke or you'll blight your young career.
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
It is blight resistant but not blight proof.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
If I understand aright, the buddings of Gabriella's genius met with an untimely blight.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Eggplants are subject to the same bacterial blight that is so destructive to tomatoes.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
Very few of these trees are infected with blight.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
A fair grape for the table, and makes a good wine, resembling Hock, but subject to mildew, rot and leaf-blight.
"The Cultivation of The Native Grape, and Manufacture of American Wines" by George Husmann
It seems to blight all the faculties and to demoralize the whole man, so that his efficiency is very much lessened.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
That is one of the reasons this Chinese chestnut is so blight resistant.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The blight that will destroy the rose, passes ever harmlessly over the tough and earth-embracing weed.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
It is by the very genius in her that you have had such power to wound, such power to blight and to destroy.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
I had about one thousand Koreans that lived up to five years of age, growing in the midst of blighted chestnuts, and none of these blighted.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
He thinks of his scorned suit, and blighted love prospects.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Things that were purposed to be benedictions can be changed into blights.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Masturbation or prostitution soon blight the brightest prospects a young man may have.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
All we've noticed is the explosion, the fall, the blight.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
We are having up in Ontario, beyond Toronto, a blight that has attacked the Lombardy poplar and that looks similar to the chestnut blight.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Neither of them spoke now of the strange blight that had passed over her young life.
"Wee Wifie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
What blight is to the vine, sin is to a man.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis

In poetry:

"The blighting hand of winter
Has laid thy glories low;
O, where is all thy beauty?
Where is thy freshness now?
"To A Flower" by Margaret Davidson
If clouds must EVER keep from sight
The glories of the Sun,
And I must suffer Winter's blight,
Ere Summer is begun;
"If This Be All" by Anne Bronte
Land of Forests, fleas and flies,
Blighted hopes and blighted eyes,
Art thou hell in earth’s disguise,
"Ode to West Australia" by Anonymous Oceania
Born to bless or born to blight,
Born for you and born for me,
Leaving, ere it take its flight,
Impress on eternity!
"Daybreak" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
She loved me not, that knowledge fell,
Upon me like a blight;
Ah me! I am too fondly weak?
Is this a teardrop bright?
"You Ask Why I Am Lonely Now" by James Avis Bartley
And then the wintry Dawn
Comes with her icy hand,
And blights with snowy clouds the flowers
In that wide, heavenly land.
"In The Meadows Of The Sky" by Charles Hanson Towne

In news:

Miscues a blight on Terps' victories.
Battling Blight at City's New Public Officer Hearings.
The Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) wants to declare the Welton Corridor blighted .
"To say our property is individually blighted , it's very upsetting," Sitzman said.
Try new tactics to combat billboard blight in KC.
Want to do more to stamp out billboard blight in Kansas City.
Blighted homes, Toledo Rises.
Blighted Milwaukee home torn down with state's help.
Midwest needs rain, blighted houses & using social media to inform.
Then a blight struck, and by the 1950s, this mightiest of trees was all but extinct - "gone down like a slaughtered army," in one naturalist's words.
After 30 years of breeding and crossbreeding, scientists have developed a potentially blight -resistant tree ALLEN BREED — AP Photo.
After 30 years of breeding and crossbreeding, scientists have developed a potentially blight -resistant tree.
A 50-foot chestnut nearby has yet to show signs of the blight that has all but wiped out the species.
Blighted by tornado damage lingering from April 2011, Alabama town blaming FEMA for delays.
The city's blight panel Thursday certified 13 properties as blighted , but gave the owner of 511 Penn St another month in his battle with the Reading Area Water Authority over a $31,737 bill for a pipe he claims doesn't exist.

In science:

As Blight noticed, its autocovariance generating function can be easily expressed in terms of the lifetime distribution.
Binomial ARMA count series from renewal processes
The question reduces to a non-trivial factorization of the numerator of the generating function, which Blight performed explicitly in his examples.
Binomial ARMA count series from renewal processes
Formula for k given in Blight (1989) has a missing factor.
Binomial ARMA count series from renewal processes
In Fig. 4, the mass eigenstates of the Bd − Bd system are labelled BH (BHeavy ) and BL (BLight ).
Future probes of the origin of CP violation